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Five Championship Strikers Looking To Make It In The Premiership


Hugh Larkin

Hugh Larkin has a definite policy to support underdogs. Can be relied upon to support any team against Real Madrid and hopes one day to see Walsall as the top West Midland side....
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21/07/2007 10:00:00.
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Most of the summer headlines have focused on the overseas stars being stockpiled by Premiership clubs with big cash to spend but there are still clubs trawling for recruits in the Football League. Five top strikers from the Championship are hoping to prove themselves at the top level.

David Nugent- Portsmouth

When Preston dipped out of the play off picture it became certain that their new England cap would be moving up to the top flight. All manner of sides were supposed to be keen but Pompey and Sunderland followed up their interest.

The player apparently wanted Everton to come in and he was prepared to annoy Roy Keane while he waited on David Moyes, which says a lot for his self-confidence. Keane lost patience and Harry Redknapp stepped in to land the forward reinforcement he needed.

Nugent will probably be an immediate starter at Fratton Park and if Pompey can continue their vibrant home form he looks to have decent chance of reaching a 15 goal target.

David Healy- Fulham

So which David Healy will turn up at Craven Cottage- the predatory international striker who registers at a phenomenal 1 every 2 games or the Football League performer who scores at barely 1 every 4 matches?

Lawrie Sanchez obviously has confidence in the man who did so well for him with Northern Ireland and it was about time some manager gave Healy a chance at the top level.

£1.5 million looks like a very worthwhile punt on a player who has looked distinctly special under Sanchez’s guidance and just a double figure haul in the League would be good value at a club where no one achieved that mark last term

Michael Chopra- Sunderland

The big question about Michael Chopra is did Newcastle release him because he wasn’t quite up to top level standard or did they make a clear error? Roy Keane thinks he knows the answer and the coming season will tell everyone whether he’s right.

Chopra has done everything he can to prove that he’s worth another chance at the big time- 22 goals in 42 games for Cardiff is sharp play and he had a similar scoring rate during a loan at Barnsley. He notched just 3 in 20 plus games on Tyneside but only started ten of those.

The £5 million fee raised a few eyebrows and this is probably the biggest call Roy Keane has made in his short managerial career. Chopra has looked mobile and bright for Cardiff though and looks to have decent chance of making it.

Robert Earnshaw- Derby County

The Welshman returns to the top flight with unfinished business. Like Healy, he made a name for himself at international level while he was outside the Premiership but life soured for him at West Brom.

Bryan Robson chose to see him as an impact player from the bench for much of the time, when the player thought he should have played more in an Albion team not brimming with scoring power.

In January 2006 he returned to the Championship with Norwich and he’s done better than a goal very other game. That form has encouraged Billy Davies to take him and if Earnshaw gets a run in the team he could be a success, although Rams fans will still be looking at his consistency

Diomansy Kamara- Fulham

Another ex-Albion man, Kamara has international pedigree and was a standout performer for the Midlands side last season. He has pace, balance and delicate ball control but there are question marks over his stamina and his team play. Occasionally drove team mates to distraction but more often than not followed up with a wonderful piece of skill.

Surprising to see him at Fulham under a boss who upset a couple of the players he inherited with his supposed long ball style but Lawrie Sanchez is aware that teams need some creativity to open up Premiership defences. A real wild card, whose season could produce just about anything.

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steve howard:

"I'd be surprised ifmore than two get past 10 league goals" Yes, you may well be right Hugh, but that would be more as a direct result of the fact that they will be playing alongside a team of struggling players... Nugent and Kamara are the two best bets in my humble opinion, not that they are noticably better quality players themselves, but that the will have better quality players around them. :-)


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